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Using the sweep panorama feature on the Sony NEX3 ...


Sony NEX-3 + 18-55/F3.5-5.6 (E-mount)
I have to get it into my thick head that the Nex does this. When I had the A33 for a few days, I played around with it and was impressed. Now I have a Nex and today I was up at the top of the highest building in our town taking some shots and I completely forgot about that capability. Perfect opportunity to use it too. I'm not into panoramas enough to really get into the pan-head and stitching and everything. But the science fiction way the Sony's handle all of this in camera is enough to get me to do the occasional panorama, since you don't really have to do anything!

If I could only remember...

Armanius - thanks so much for this! Unfortunately, I have never tried a panoramic picture. I know Peter has - PeterB666, that is. Perhaps he'll add some in here. I know he has them in several of the other image threads.

Thanks BB. I haven't done a panorama for around a month but will do one again within the next few weeks. My panoramas are generally seascapes and I am taking part in a 52/2011 challenge with the aim to add a little variety in my work. Most of the time I have been shooting with my Nikon D90 and will only post those shots here if it is coupled with one of my smaller lenses otherwise I get a bit guilty that my "serious compact" isn't exactly compact. If the combo fits in the same small bag as my E-P1 and Voigtlander 25mm - ah - small enough.

One thing to note about seascapes and panoramas is that it is very difficult to stitch moving water, especially if there are well defined waves. A lot of editing is required to smooth the transitions. Also, shooting at dawn and dusk can be difficult as the light changes so quickly.
Here are a couple of panoramas that I shot early in the new year but have only just got around to stitching together. Both were rather tricky as they were shot in narrow lanes and I have to move the camera as close as parallel as I could to the subject. A lot of geometric adjustment was required to get a satisfactory stitch and then some minor compromise distortion control in the final stitched image.


May Lane Panorama by peterb666, on Flickr


May Lane Panorama 2 by peterb666, on Flickr

Both were shot in landscape mode to start with as I wasn't after ultra fine detail. They were composed of 4 and 5 landscape images respectively. Lens corrections and stitching done in Adobe Photoshop CS5. There are larger versions on my Flickr site.
Took these with the auto panorama on my A33

From the back pasture.

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From my back porch.

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From the east back corner of our place.

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From the other back corner.

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Taken from the John Deere box at Texas Stadium.

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Thanks so much - you guys are really making me wonder if my little LX5 has a magic button for this panoramic mode. I know I'd never be able to follow in Peter's old fashioned stitching footsteps.

Great pictures! Intense, good to see you here again - you've been missed. Yours definitely has a sort of "Outer Limits" (think scifi if you don't know the old TV show), albeit a colorized version.:cool:
So what techniques are y'all using to get panoramas? I've never tried one before. I have a feeling I should before I visit Morocco.
I know I'd never be able to follow in Peter's old fashioned stitching footsteps.

It is a lot easier than it sounds, stitching is done automatically in software, I just correct distortions and level the images first. This helps prevent some of the crazy auto stitching angles you get when trying to work with more than 3 or 4 frames.

Here is a 5-frame panorama shot with my Olympus E-P1 and Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 lens...


Fishing in the Rain - Lurline Bay Panorama (ov) by peterb666, on Flickr

Made from 5 landscape images. I think the aperture was set to around f/11 to get a fair depth of field. This is an early morning shot and exposure times vary between 0.5 and 1.6 seconds depedning where the sun is in each frame. Balancing for light levels was done before stitching as was straightening.